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How Long Does An Ear Infection Take To Cure
There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more
It depends: After taking antibiotics for couple of days, some ear infection (i mean middle ear infection by bacteria) may be cleared. However, the recommended treatment course is usually 10 days of antibiotics. Some otitis media can be hard to treat due to resistant bacteria. Middle ear fluid can be a residual after infection but only requires observation. Hopefully it helps. ...Read more
Otitis: The duration of ear infections vary greatly from person to person. Some are treated with antibiotics and can resolve within a week others need a longer time due to the disfunction of the eustacian tube.Age is another factor...Young children sometimes can take a long time and some even need surgical intervention by an ent.( tubes). ...Read more
72 hours: On antibiotics or not, it should be better in 48-72 hours. Otherwise follow up with the doctor. ...Read more
Depends: Usually they are cleared up in 2 weeks. They can take a month or more, depending on the germ involved and whether or not there is resistance to treatment. Many resolve without any prescription medications. Some resolve with antibiotics. Others do not resolve unless the infection is drained surgically. ...Read more
It depends: Importantly, if you have been treated with antibiotics and by the time you finish your treatment symptoms have not improved or if they are worse, notify your provider for recommendations. They may need to re-examine the area or treat in a different manner. We are frequently seeing infections that can be from resistant organisms and are harder to treat with some antibiotics. Best not to wait! ...Read more
Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks, which means hearing is transiently poor for that period. Fever persisting more than 3 d should prompt a call to the treating physician. ...Read more
Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks.If the infection & muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material.Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed & ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline. ...Read more
Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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